- one side of an opening, as a reveal.
- either of two similar faces of a projection, as a buttress or dormer.
- a piece of wood removed from the end of a timber in making a tenon.
- a piece of wood on either side of a mortise.
Origin of cheek
Examples from the Web for cheek
“The lies of the government shocked us,” says Fatima, as the tears flow slowly from her eyes and down her cheek.
Scrutinizing the lines on your face, she strokes your cheek and asks if your boss is working you too hard.
Bakari reaches out, strokes Bundy's cheek and stares into his eyes longingly.
But Tony Bennett will get a free pass on his latest release, Cheek to Cheek.
But in the scene where the girl kisses me on the cheek, I start to cry.
The cancer of the cheek in the parent becomes cancer of the bone in the child.
“It is late to-night,” said Harry, now quite calm, though with a hot flush upon his cheek.The Chaplain of the Fleet|Walter Besant and James Rice
Her lips were red and sweetly curved, her cheek was smooth and firm as so much brown velvet.Spacehounds of IPC|Edward Elmer Smith
I looked neither at him nor at her, but, bending away, laid my cheek upon her curls.The Wings of Icarus|Laurence Alma Tadema
The rose had faded from the cheek, the eyes were dim and lustreless.The Life and Beauties of Fanny Fern|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for cheek
- either side of the face, esp that part below the eye
- either side of the oral cavity; side of the mouthRelated adjectives: buccal, genal, malar
Word Origin for cheek
Word Origin and History for cheek
Old English ceace, cece "jaw, jawbone," in late Old English also "the fleshy wall of the mouth." Perhaps from the root of Old English ceowan "chew" (see chew (v.)), or from Proto-Germanic *kaukon (cf. Middle Low German kake "jaw, jawbone," Middle Dutch kake "jaw," Dutch kaak), not found outside West Germanic.
Words for "cheek," "jaw," and "chin" tend to run together in IE languages (e.g. PIE *genw-, source of Greek genus "jaw, cheek," geneion "chin," and English chin); Aristotle considered the chin as the front of the "jaws" and the cheeks as the back of them. The other Old English word for "cheek" was ceafl (see jowl).
A thousand men he [Samson] slow eek with his hond,
And had no wepen but an asses cheek.
[Chaucer, "Monk's Tale"]
In reference to the buttocks from c.1600. Sense of "insolence" is from 1840, perhaps from a notion akin to that which led to jaw "insolent speech," mouth off, etc. To turn the other cheek is an allusion to Matt. v:39 and Luke vi:29.
Medicine definitions for cheek
Idioms and Phrases with cheek
In addition to the idiom beginning with cheek
- cheek by jowl
- tongue in cheek
- turn the other cheek